What an absolutely busy, yet fun, action packed week! And it hasn’t stopped. We had a fairly laid back day on Saturday. Our main thing was grocery shopping and catching up on household chores… On the Sunday morning, Inky and Bri, picked Inkys bestie up for an all day play-date in the morning. We had a fun day. My man Sam took the morning off from working on his camper, and we went to the local playground on the seafront, expecting it to be warm as it had been the past week or so, but it was freezing. So we went and got ice creams at the local lake where we found some wind shelter. Bri had a nap when we got home. His eyes were real watery from teething and were made worse by the incessant cold wind outdoors. I had some ‘me’ time whilst Bri was napping and Inky was occupied with her friend. She got picked up at 6 and then we went to my dads for dinner. Inky ended up staying there for the night….
The next morning, Monday 16th May, my Dad dropped Inky off early before work. We walked to my Nans house, who lives a ten minute walk away (5 without kids :p ) and had breakfast with her and a couple of guests who had come over from Germany for my Nans (we call her Oma in German) birthday. Both our children are fluent in German and its always nice to show off their skills, especially to Germans. Plus its proud Mummy moments hearing them talk accent free and totally fluent not just in English 🙂 We stayed till around midday before walking to out local town with the scooters and buying ingredients for Inky to make cookies for Omas birthday tomorrow – again, single handedly. Sams Mum came over for dinner in the evening after work to see the kids. Inky wheedled another sleepover – this time at Sams Mums….
Tuesday May 17th – My Omas birthday. We munched our way through quite a lot of the cookies Inky made yesterday afternoon last night, so Inky had to make another batch this morning. This resulted in us missing trampolining and so we went to Omas early to wish her a happy birthday, taking home made cards, cookies, flowers and a gift. My aunt was already there, as was my sister with her baby, my Mum and a couple of friends. We stayed till late afternoon, went home to hang up washing and mundane stuff like that, then went back to my nans at 6. My eldest brother and his girlfriend, plus all of my cousins (4 of them) from my Mums only sister and their partners plus one of their children were there. We ended up staying until really late catching up with everyone. Another pleasant home ed day…. those of you reading these diary style entries will see how sociable and outgoing the home ed world really is, with plenty of learning mixed in…..
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Thursday 12th – my mums birthday of course! My sister picked me and Bri up after she dropped her eldest son to school. She also has a 3 month old little boy. First of all we went to pick up a gazebo my Nan had gotten my mum for her garden for her birthday so we could put it up for a little garden birthday party Mum had organised for that evening. Then we drove to my Mums from where we walked to the local cafe for breakfast, smoothies and coffees. Our Dalmatian, Shadow, came too. Brian took his scooter down the quiet residential streets and him and Inky took turns on it. It was a lovely mild morning and we sat outside in the sun. The atmosphere and company were perfect. We stayed there a good few hours. After walking back to mums, we all went off to sort out various things, Inky stayed with my Mum. My sister picked me back up after picking my other nephew up from school and we went back to my mums for the garden party. 2 out of my 3 brothers turned up and my sister of course with her 2 boys, and everyone’s partners…. more lovely family time 🙂 The only downside to the day was our Dalmation, who is epileptic, having 5 horrible seizures after 4 and a half months of none. My mum was very sad, but still had a lovely time with her children and grand children.
The next day, Friday 13th, my man Sam gave me and the kids a lift to Inkys best friends house. From there we grabbed a lift to Bignor Roman Villa with her family. I only have use of a car a couple days a week at the moment, it’s a bit challenging to get places sometimes but somehow we always manage… we got to the Roman Villa just after 10am and met up with around 10 other home ed families to attend an organised ‘educational’ day. The kids got given Roman robes of varying rank and then were talked through what their status would have been. Inky was dressed as the rich wife of a villa owner. There was a longish workshop before lunchtime, a guided tour by an amazing lady called Liz. She captivated the childrens attention entirely with her enthusiastic and passionate way, talking them through the history of the villa and explaining the mosaics, what they thought the missing pieces may be, what they thought the rooms that had been preserved were used for…. I was so proud of all the home ed lot, especially as ages ranged from toddler to 10/11 years of age. They were all attentive, inquisitive and polite, as well as some of them being rather knowledgeable about Romans when questions arose. Lunch was a happy affair, in the West Sussex sunshine surrounded by rolling Down land and woods. Again, I have to say that all the children got on wonderfully, all ages mixing. The older kids, including Inky, played some game with the younger kids they made up and which evolved in to something that was lovely to watch, all of them, running around. Once or twice an adult had to step in but nothing bad…. After lunch the group was split in 2 for a hands-on workshop. The first group used beeswax tablets, similar to those which would have been used in Roman times, as well as trying their hand at mosaic patterns. The other group got to make flour the good old Roman way. The groups obviously swapped activities when they were done. After the workshop finished, approx 330, we stayed another hour hanging out with our friends and Inky got to choose a couple things from the gift shop. Oh, and there was ice cream for everyone of course 🙂 Inky went back to her friends for a sleepover, and Bri and I got a lift home… Inky changed her mind about the sleepover though so I went to pick her up at 8pm, just when I was about to get Bri to bed. Luckily I had use of the car in the evening!
Well, last week was a very busy, fun, happy ‘social’ week for us.
On Monday 9th Inky had her third session of English film literacy group, run by another home ed mum. She has just completed a training course in teaching this and offered to run a six session course for up to 10 home ed children. 6 attend. The same 6 who also attend history and art history sessions run by the same Mum. She is very good at delivering the material in a way that engages and motivates them.
On Tuesday 10th Inky had a chiropractors appointment and then her and Bri had an hours trampolining lesson. Inky has been going for a year and a half and is working on badges. Bri just started trampolining about a month ago. Starting age is normally 4 unless they have an older sibling attending. Trampolining lessons are run by yet another mum. There is a waiting list! Late afternoon Inky had gymnastics from 16:30 – 18:30. This is NOT a home ed group, its open to all. Inky went to gymnastics from age 2-8, then had a year and a half gap and did kickboxing instead as well as go horse riding. She then stopped these and has been back at gymnastics for the last 8 months…. SO SHE DOES SOCIALISE for all you worry warts out there… and not just with kids her own age, or home ed exclusive :p
On Wednesday 11th we went to Inkys monthly art and drama home ed session from 10-12:30 in a very rural location, the hall surrounded by forest and some cool sand cliffs which the kids over course climb all over! My Mum dropped us to my nans after where I spent a few hours cleaning her 3 bedroom house top to bottom and changing the beds ready for some guests who were due to arrive on Friday for my Nans birthday next week Tuesday 17th May. On top of our already busy day, when we got home Inky baked fairy cakes all by herself for my Mums birthday the following day, the 12th May. We sampled some of her creations, she’d topped them with molten dark chocolate. YUM. She then made a card and wrapped the presents she had bought with her pocket money. Inky stayed the night at my mums so she could wake up with her tomorrow on her birthday…
Just sharing a link for home educators looking for GCSE correspondence courses.
If you would like an introduction to the idea of taking iGCSEs or A-levels within a home education context in the UK or abroad visit this site. There are also lots of useful links on the site such as de-registering, socialising, GCSEs, home ed and parenting articles, blogs, media coverage of home ed and more. Subjects covered are Maths, English, Grammar, History, Church History and Geography.
I subscribed to this excellent maths website for my daughter Inky a few weeks ago. It may seem pricey at £7.99 a month, but so far totally worth it. An annual membership for £59 is available but I wanted to try it for a couple months first. Inky had a go on the site before I signed up and when her session timed out she called me instantly and very loudly – I thought there was actually an emergency lol – and said she wanted to do more. i’d already had a go on the site the night before she tried it out and had liked it immensely too, so I couldn’t say no. After signing up she went straight back on for another hour. The first skill she learned was roman numerals – I made her a list of these to look at so she could get the hang of it. After helping her with a few questions she got quicker and quicker. I could see it really gave her a learning ‘buzz’, especially when a little box popped up saying she had won a ‘prize’. The prize was turning over a square within a larger table of squares uncovering a picture below it. It then said she’d have to learn 2 more skills for the next prize… she earned herself another 2 prizes before we had to get on with other things. Parents also get a weekly email report and there are also certificates to be printed off eventually. Obviously still new to this, but so far so good… Year 3-7 English skills are also available on the site.
not the cat who got the cream, but the bunny who got the parsley ;0)